Upon receiving a death threat from the "Gorilla", a killer infamous for a string of murders, insurance broker Walter Stevens employs detectives Garrity, Harrigan and Mulligan for protection. The detectives arrive at Stevens' mansion that night, and proceed to explore the house and grounds, and question servants. All to no avail, because as the clock strikes midnight Stevens disappears.
Stars: The Ritz Brothers, Anita Louise, Patsy Kelly, Lionel Atwill, Bela Lugosi, Joseph Calleia, Edward Norris, and Wally Vernon
This copy doesn't show the short, repeating scene that occurs shortly after 37 minutes seen in this copy and this one
December 29, 2010
Thanks for the better print!
The B-feature credo of the '30s and '40s seems to have been, when all else fails put a guy in a gorilla suit. I love it! This is one of the seemingly endless parade of "Old Dark House" mysteries, many of which were comedies. Don't expect Agatha Christie. Instead this one has Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, the Ritz Brothers and a guy in a gorilla suit, plus more secret panels than you can shake a banana at. Lugosi and the Ritz Brothers (the Three Stooges minus eye poking and nose twisting) are fun. Patsy Kelly adds her incredibly loud mouth to the mayhem. Hidden in all the high jinx and one-liners there actually is a well-plotted little mystery with twists and misdirection. If you like your mystery served as madcap comedy this one gets 4 stars. If you're less than thrilled by the Ritz Brothers, you'll probably give it 3 stars. CAST NOTE: Art Miles is the guy in this gorilla suit.